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Planet Sport (Short Cuts)by Kath Woodward
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Sport generates some of the most intense feelings and levels of commitment. It is big business globally, but also the source of the most powerful personal identifications and individual and collective pleasures. Sporting events are routine and embodied, whether in the gym, on the field or at the training ground, and they are also spectacular, for example in mega events at the stadium or, for followers at a distance, through the media of television, radio or the Internet. Large numbers of people are caught up in personal and collective investment and public engagement with sport. Why does it matter so much?
In this book, Woodward demonstrates why sport matters and how, arguing that we should take sport seriously, and explore what is social about it. Sport is not just another domain to which social theories can be applied; it is also distinctive and generates new ways of thinking about social issues and debates. Sport is affected by the global economy and social, political and cultural processes but it also shapes the wider social terrain of which it is part. Sport reproduces inequalities as well as offering opportunities. It is not always a level playing field. Sport is more than play.
Planet Sport is an engaging and concise introduction to some of the big issues in contemporary debates about sport in globalised societies, and will appeal to students, academics and general readers alike.
This book demonstrates why and how sport matters, by arguing that we should take sport seriously and explore what is social about sport.
Sport is not just another domain to which social theories can be applied, it is also distinctive; it generates new ways of thinking about social issues and debates and is affected by the global economy and social, political and cultural processes, and has affects on the wider social terrain of which it is part.
Sport is more than play; this book addresses what is particular about sport and shows how sport brings together personal pleasures, embodied practices, collective commitment and globalized politics and conflicts. Sport is divisive and collaborative, conflictual and democratic; it brings people together in positive and energizing ways, but also re-creates tensions, ambivalences and conflicts. The role and status of sport in contemporary societies are crucial to an understanding of the nature of social and cultural change.
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